Kim Reynolds just outlined her vision for education in Iowa: parental control and choice.
Whether it’s the bill she and Iowa Republicans passed early last year to ensure schools provide an in-person option – while more than 5,000 schools in predominantly Democrat-run states shut down – or supporting school choice, Reynolds is committed to ensuring that Iowans can give their children the education best suited for their needs.
“Even when the school is doing what it should, that doesn’t necessarily mean the unique needs and values of every student are being met,” Reynolds said. “Wealthier parents always have an option, but many middle and lower-income families don’t. They don’t have a choice.”
Reynolds outlined a new proposal that will allow families to take education dollars with them to whatever school they choose.
The aim? Improve education for every Iowan: “School choice isn’t a zero-sum game. It has the potential to raise the quality of all schools. After we expanded open enrollment last session, one superintendent responded by setting the goal of making his school district the ‘destination of choice’,” Reynolds said. “That is precisely what we want: for every school, public or private, to strive to be the best it can be.”
It’s a powerful vision backed up by a strong record of results across the country.
Bottom Line: After keeping Iowa’s schools open, Kim Reynolds and Iowa Republicans are ready to give every student in Iowa the education best suited for them.